Lawn Disease Control

Lawn Disease Control

Lawn diseases tend to be overlooked by the majority of lawn owners; they very often get confused with drought.  Incorrect cultural practices tends to be the cause of most disease attack and in most cases can be corrected with correct mowing practice, spiking, scarifying, feeding etc.

The main lawn diseases encountered here in Somerset are:

Red Thread & Dollar Spot

Red Thread and Dollar Spot show as round(ish) patches in the Spring, Summer and Autumn and can be reduced by correct cultural practice or controlled by a specialist fungicide.  Red Thread, as the name suggests, has a red/pink tinge to the dead irregular shaped patches whereas Dollar Spot shows as more regular shaped circular patches that are strawy yellow in colour.


Fusarium tends to show in the Winter and Spring as brown/orange patches, it can be controlled with a specialist fungicide or cultural methods. Grasses will eventually grow back into any bare patches left by diseases but unfortunately, the new species invading the bare patches will not be of the same species, instead, the bare patches will be invaded by weeds and inferior grasses such as Annual Meadow Grass.

All diseases can be controlled with fungicides or a appropriate maintenance/feeding plan.

5 Good Reasons to Use Me

  1. I am an independent operator and not part of a franchise. You will deal with me 100% of the time, from our initial meeting to the work being carried out. I get to know you; you get to know me... more importantly I get to know the characteristics of your lawn. It will always be me that works on your lawn, not an inexperienced operative.
  2. I trained at the Royal Horticultural Society's Garden at Wisley in Surrey. I spent two years residing in RHS accommodation and was trained by some of the country's finest and most experienced horticulturalists. I qualified with the RHS Wisley Certificate (credit).
  3. I have City & Guilds qualifications in amenity horticulture covering: nursery practice, landscape, science, machinery maintenance, garden design, plant identification and turf culture. I trained for my C&G courses at Merrist Wood Agricultural College in Surrey.
  4. I am not 'tied-in' to one fertiliser/chemical company as most of the franchised operators are. If your lawn has a specific requirement, I can approach any company to obtain the best and most relevant products for your lawn.
  5. I am trained by the Institute of Groundsmanship to work on fine turf and bowling greens. I attended courses at Rolls-Royce (leisure) in Derby where I trained and worked on their range of prestigious greens.

Please contact me if you would like additional information about Lawn Disease Control and what I can do to improve your lawn.